Montel Williams Opening Sacramento Marijuana Club
Indeed, Williams' new shop, the Abatin Wellness Cooperative, is already generating controversy in Sacramento, which has a moratorium on new cannabis clubs. Among those not too happy, in fact, are some of the clubs that were grandfathered into the city's marijuana collective ordinance. Presumably, they're not wild about such high-profile competition.
How did Williams get around the moratorium? According to a detailed article in the Sacramento News & Review, the location of his new club, 2100 29th St., used to house the now-defunct Capitol Wellness Collective, and the club's previous owner is now Williams' executive director. (He claims he's just a consultant, but has expressed interest in opening other dispensaries around the country).
Among the critics of Williams' new move is one contractor who claims the previous dispensary owes him $20,000; others are griping that Williams is just trying to cash in on a local movement they created. Williams denies he's in it for the money. "I've been doing this for the last 10 years," he said. "It's not like I'm doing this make a buck."